J.L. Richards & Associates Limited is committed to excellence in the delivery of professional Engineering, Architecture, Planning and Project Management services. We work to improve your business.
Our integrated multidisciplinary team provides a single point of contact for building, infrastructure and site development projects simplifying contracting for our clients and ensuring a single point of responsibility for project outcome.
Services range from project management, scope development and proof of concept analysis, to detailed design, construction administration and project close-out.
We service all major economic sectors, including civic infrastructure, mining and manufacturing, commerce, science and technology and energy.
Our geographic reach extends across North America and around the world, with projects executed in over 78 countries.
Our unique employee ownership structure allows us to attract and retain smart people who value our client relationships and focus on efficient and effective project delivery.
- Energy & Utilities
- Industrial & Mining
- Land Development
- Mining & Material Processing
- Municipal Infrastructure
- Project Management
- Building Science
- Structural Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Industrial Engineering
- Process Engineering
- Process Control
- Civil / Municipal Engineering
- Urban and Regional Planning
- Asset Management
- GIS & Mapping
- Water & Waste Water Treatment
- Operations and Maintenance
Where we work
JLR began in Ottawa in 1955 as a multidisciplinary civil/structural/mechanical/electrical engineering firm. Municipal planning was added a few years later. From the outset, the founders realized the value of offering a range of high-quality services across the public and private building science and civil municipal sectors. It set JLR apart from other, more specialized competitors in our original Ottawa/Eastern Ontario market area. As the firm grew, regional offices were opened in Sudbury and Kingston; our local presence in those cities allowed us to significantly expand our market area. Early on, the founders saw the wisdom of offering share ownership to all our employees and, as they approach their retirement age, they eventually divested 100% of their ownership to the employees. More than two-thirds of our employees are shareholders.
In 1989, JLR added architecture to its range of services to round out their building science group. We have worked hard to forge a fully integrated Architectural, Engineering, Planning and Project Management practice. Our success and growth are due to our track record of excellence, and our long list of satisfied clients with whom we have a continuing relationship. With a staff of 250, we now have offices in Ottawa, Sudbury, Kingston, Timmins, North Bay, Hawkesbury and Guelph.
In 2013, under the able direction of President Guy A. Cormier and Vice-president Steve Parenteau, JLR was among 50 Canadian firms to receive a prestigious Deloitte CIBC Canada's Best Managed Companies award. Now in our 60th year, we work across the nation and around the world.
Ontario Association of Architects (OAA)
Vale Living with Lakes Centre
Canada's Best Managed Companies
The Canada’s Best Managed Companies program recognizes excellence in privately-owned Canadian companies. Established in 1993, the award showcases Canadian owned and managed companies that have implemented world-class business practices and created value in innovative ways. Applications are reviewed by an Independent judging panel that evaluates how companies address various business challenges, including new technologies, globalization, brand management leadership, leveraging and developing core competencies, designing information systems, and hiring the right talent to facilitate growth.
In 2013, J.L. Richards & Associates Limited received the Canada’s Best Managed Companies award at the gala celebration held in Toronto. Our firm has successfully re-qualified for this in each successive year.
The Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards are given to projects that demonstrate a high quality of engineering, imagination and innovation. Held annually since 1969, the awards are the most prestigious mark of recognition for consulting engineers in Canada. The awards are a joint program of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – Canada (ACEC) and Canadian Consulting Engineer magazine.
The Vale Living With Lakes Centre, located on the campus of Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario was awarded the Award of Excellence at the 2012 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards.
The Ravensview Wastewater Treatment Plant, located in Kingston, Ontario won the Award of Excellence at the 2010 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards.
The Ottawa International Airport Expansion, located in Ottawa, Ontario won the Award of Excellence at the XXXX Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards.
The Holcim Awards is an international competition that recognizes innovative projects and future-oriented concepts on regional and global levels. The competition seeks projects that go beyond balancing environmental performance, social responsibility, and economic growth. Projects should, in addition, exemplify architectural excellence, a high degree of transferability, and thereby extend notions of sustainable construction and design throughout all stages of a project’s lifecycle.
The Vale Living With Lakes Centre, located on the campus of Laurentian University in Sudbury Ontariot was awarded the 2008 Holcim North America Award for Sustainable Construction
Consulting Engineers of Ontario Willis Chipman Award is presented for the project that best demonstrates the valuable contribution that consulting engineers make to the social, economic and environmental quality of life in Ontario.
The Third Crossing Environmental Assessment, located in Kingston, Ontario was awarded the Award of Merits in 2014.
The Vale Living With Lakes Centre, located on the campus of Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario was awarded the Award of Merits in 2012.
The Ravensview Wastewater Treatment Plant, located in Kingston, Ontario was awarded the Willis Chapman award in 2010.
Ontario Wood Works
The Ontario Wood WORKS! Award for Green Building Wood Design is presented for buildings that demonstrate how wood contributes significantly to the overall environmental performance by reducing energy use, reducing resource use, minimizing pollution and sequestering carbon.
The Vale Living With Lakes Centre, Located on the campus of Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario was selected for The Ontario Wood WORKS! Award for Green Building Wood Design.